Here’s a step-by-step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide.

Installing SCCM cumulative updates is very important to your infrastructure. It fix lots of issues, which some of them are important.

As this is a cumulative update, you don’t have to install prior CU(1,2,3) before installing CU4. CU4 contains all the fixes included in previous CU.

Improvements/Fixes

Follow this Microsoft Support page to see a full list of issues that are fixed.

Windows Powershell changes are document on Microsoft Support as well.

There’s no new major functionality in CU4. It mostly applies the latest KB and fixes known bugs. The more important one is about Application installation step in Task Sequences.

If you’re a PowerShell fan, CU4 brings 36 new cmdlets as well of fixing 28 existing one.

Before you begin

Installing this update is very similar to CU3. I’ll guide you through the upgrade process step-by-step in a standalone primary scenario.

This update can be applied directly to the following Systems/Roles:

  • The Central Administration Site (CAS)
  • Primary Site
  • Secondary Site
  • SMS Provider
  • Configuration Manager Console

In this guide, I’ll be updating a Primary Site Server, console and clients.

Update the Primary Site

To start the installation, rdp to your Primary Site Server, and run CM12-R2CU4-KB3026739-X64-ENU.exe

A log file will be created in C:\Windows\Temp\CM12-R2CU4-KB3026739-X64-ENU.log

  • On the Welcome Screen, click Next

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

  • Accept the license agreement, and click Next

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

  • Ensure that everything is green, and click Next. On my screenshot, a restart is required before installing the CU.

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

  • Check the box to update the console, click Next

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

  • Select Yes, update the site database, click Next

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

  • Check all 3 checkbox (Server, Console and Clients), click Next

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

  • Edit the package name and program to your need, click Next

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

  • Review the summary page, click Install

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

  • Installation is in progress

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

  • You can follow the installation progress in the log file

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

  • When setup is complete, click Next and then Finish

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

Verification

Console

After setup is completed, launch the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Console and verify the build number of the console. If the upgrade was successful, the console build number will be 5.00.7958.1501.

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

Server

Open registry editor and check the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\SMS\Setup\ key. If the installation succeeded CULevel key value will be 4.

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

You can also verify both client and console version using PowerShell :

  • Server : Get-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SMS\Setup -Name "CULevel"
  • Console : (Get-Item ($env:SMS_ADMIN_UI_PATH.Substring(0,$env:SMS_ADMIN_UI_PATH.Length – 5) + '\Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.exe')).VersionInfo.FileVersion

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

Clients

The client version will be updated to 5.00.7958.1501 (after updating, see section below)

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

This update also brings the anti-malware client version to 4.6.0305.0. You can find the version information by clicking About on the Help menu of the Endpoint Protection client UI.

Package distribution

Navigate to Software Library / Packages / Configuration Manager Updates

  • You’ll see that your CU4 updates packages are created

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

  • Go ahead and Distribute Content to your distribution points

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

Updating the Clients

We now need to update the clients. This update contains 2 update packages for client installations. One for 32-bit clients and one for 64-bit clients.

Create two collections for the client upgrade. (If not already done in previous CU)

All-x64-based Clients

[pastacode lang=”sql” message=”” highlight=”” provider=”manual” manual=”select%20SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.Name%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.Client%20from%20SMS_R_System%20inner%20join%20SMS_G_System_COMPUTER_SYSTEM%20on%20SMS_G_System_COMPUTER_SYSTEM.ResourceId%20%3D%20SMS_R_System.ResourceId%20where%20SMS_G_System_COMPUTER_SYSTEM.SystemType%20%3D%20%22X64-based%20PC%22″/]

All-x86-based Clients

[pastacode lang=”sql” message=”” highlight=”” provider=”manual” manual=”select%20SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.Name%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.Client%20from%20SMS_R_System%20inner%20join%20SMS_G_System_COMPUTER_SYSTEM%20on%20SMS_G_System_COMPUTER_SYSTEM.ResourceId%20%3D%20SMS_R_System.ResourceId%20where%20SMS_G_System_COMPUTER_SYSTEM.SystemType%20%3D%20%22X86-based%20PC%22″/]

Adjust the package options to fit your environments and deploy the update to your clients.

Once deployed I like to create a collection that targets clients without the latest CU. I use it to monitor which client haven’t been updated yet.

Here’s the query to achieve this: (You can also refer to our Set of Operational Collection Powershell Script)

[pastacode lang=”sql” message=”” highlight=”” provider=”manual” manual=”select%20SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.Name%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup%2CSMS_R_SYSTEM.Client%20from%20SMS_R_System%20where%20SMS_R_System.ClientVersion%20!%3D%20’5.00.7958.1501′”/]

Happy updating ! 🙂

Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Installation guide

Comments (45)

Emerson

02.13.2015 AT 12:56 PM
Hello Benoit, Great guide. Thank you for sharing us! Simette

Tof006

02.07.2015 AT 01:24 PM
Hi, I have installed CU4 and my admin console on the SCCM server is not able to connect to the site anymore. I have another computer with CU3 Admin Console and I can connect to my site. You don't seem to have encountered this problem but I would appreciate any help. Thanks

Benoit Lecours

02.10.2015 AT 10:50 AM
Any error in the installation log ?